Helmut Newton..a photography idol!
Helmut Newton was a German-Australian photographer. He was a "prolific, widely imitated fashion photographer whose provocative, erotically charged black-and-white photos were a mainstay of Vogue and other publications."
For me Helmut Newton was quite simply a genius! From amazing commercial fashion photography to iconic quirky nude concepts but always with beautiful models and a huge amount of class..
For a complete biography and set of work along with details of the exhibitions every photographer should at least see once I'd recommend visiting http://www.helmutnewton.com/.
Too many favourites to put them all here but a handful including one or two that may surprise people!